06/19/2007 - The U.S. Senate is expected to debate legislation this week that would remove many of the obstacles faced by American workers who want to form unions.
The Employee Free Choice Act would give American workers greater freedom to make their own choices about joining unions and bargaining for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. The bill (S. 1041) would stiffen penalties for harassment, intimidation, and other illegal tactics employers often use to prevent workers from unionizing.
06/15/2007 - Secretary-Treasurer Terry Stapleton has announced that the following union members have been certified as candidates for election to national office by referendum balloting, as mandated by the APWU Constitution and Bylaws.
Each candidate in this unofficial listing has secured the necessary petitions required for nomination. The official list will be announced after the drawing for position on the ballot is held.
06/12/2007 - Local and state presidents are being asked to help spread the word about an important gain in the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement: the increase in the Postal Service’s contribution to health insurance premiums for those who enroll in the APWU Consumer Driven Plan.
“Healthcare coverage is one of the most important benefits a union can negotiate for its members, and the APWU Health Plans are among the best in the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program (FEHBP),” President William Burrus wrote in a letter to APWU local and state presidents. “Yet, for a variety of reasons, many APWU members are enrolled in other health insurance plans.”
06/12/2007 - The APWU has been notified that a proposed consolidation that would have resulted in a mail-processing shift approximately 60 miles across central Ohio will not occur.
“After review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency and/or service through consolidation of certain mail processing operations at the Zanesville OH Post Office into the Columbus, OH Processing and Distribution Center,” the Postal Service wrote to the APWU on June 7.
06/07/2007 - The APWU has negotiated an important agreement to expedite hearings on grievances involving jurisdictional disputes. In response to an APWU lawsuit against the Postal Service and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (MHU), the MHU has agreed to the re-appointment of an arbitrator to hear the cases in question, and has begun attending meetings of the National Dispute Resolution Committee. The APWU and MHU also agreed on a procedure to establish the order in which disputes will be heard.
06/06/2007 - The APWU, together with an organization representing a coalition of consumers and nonprofit mailers, has filed a suit challenging secret policy-making by a Postal Service advisory committee.
The panel, the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee, is made up of trade associations that represent large business mailers. Co-chaired by major mailer representatives and postal officials, MTAC — acting through “work groups” — commissions studies and makes recommendations to senior USPS management on postal operations, postal rates, and postal regulations.
06/06/2007 - APWU Clerk Craft Director James McCarthy has assigned Vince Tarducci, president of the Philadelphia BMC Local, as a temporary replacement for Eric Wilson, who resigned as a National Business Agent at the end of May. Tarducci will serve through the remainder of Wilson’s term, which expires in November.
05/31/2007 - APWU President William Burrus has asked the Wachovia Bank Corp. to stop airing a television commercial which strongly suggests that home mail delivery is the primary cause of identity theft.
“The 700,000 employees who operate the most efficient, reliable and cost-effective mail service in the world object to your characterization,” Burrus wrote in a May 30 letter to G. Kennedy Thompson, the bank’s CEO.
05/23/2007 - National Business Agent Eric M. Wilson has announced he will resign his position, effective May 25, 2007. Wilson, who has served as NBA “A” in the Clerk Division for the Philadelphia Region since 1994, is resigning for personal reasons.
APWU President William Burrus expressed appreciation for the contributions Wilson has made to the union as an NBA and for the assistance he provided during negotiations for the Collective Bargaining Agreement. “Eric was a first-class representative,” he said, “and we wish him well.”
05/22/2007 - New restrictions on the use of casuals, mandated by the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement, will result in a new format for Casual Compliance Reports. These reports are provided to the national union on an accounting-period basis so that the APWU can monitor management’s adherence to Article 7.1.B. of the National Agreement, which restricts the percentage of casuals the Postal Service may employ.